Definitions for ioniaaɪˈoʊ ni ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
I•o•ni•aaɪˈoʊ ni ə(n.)
an ancient region on the W coast of Asia Minor and on adjacent islands in the Aegean.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
region of western Asia Minor colonized by ancient Greeks
An Ancient Greek settlement on the west coast of Asia Minor inhabited by the Ionians, one of the four main Hellenic tribes.
Origin: From Ἰωνία.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
ancient name of the western districts of Asia Minor between the Hermus and the Mæander, with adjacent islands; was colonised by Greeks 1050 B.C., and its chief cities, including Miletus, Ephesus, Samos, Chios, and later Smyrna, formed the Ionian League; the Ionians were noted for wealth, art, and luxury; coming under Persian yoke in 557 B.C. they deserted to Greece 479 B.C., in the great war, and became again independent; from 387 B.C. they were again under Persia till Alexander the Great took them and merged their history in that of the surrounding peoples.